While a new series of Doctor Who won’t be hitting our screens anytime this year (aside from the Christmas special), a brand new spin-off set in the Whoverse is coming to BBC Three.
What’s it about?
Created by young adult author Patrick Ness, Class is aimed at a much younger, teen audience, complete with a cast of teenagers. Set in Coal Hill High School, they must juggle their own lives with the unexplainable situations that are happening around them, as the cracks in time and space begin to thin because of The Doctor and his time-travelling. Together with their physics teacher Miss Quill, they must fight the monsters that are planning to break through and wreak havoc on Earth.
Why is everyone talking about it?
Coal Hill High School has been a part of Doctor Who since the first episode aired in 1963. That’s where we first meet The Doctor’s granddaughter Susan Foreman (Carole Ann Ford) and two teachers, Ian Chesterson and Barbara Wright, who would go on to be the first travelling companions. More recently, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) began teaching there, and the school played an important part in series eight. The current Doctor Peter Capaldi will appear in Class’ first episode, titled ‘For Tonight We Might Die’, expecting to kick off the story for the new show.
Who’s in it?
While there hasn’t been a whole lot of information on the characters, the show boasts a young cast featuring Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, and Vivian Oparah, while Mr Selfridge’s Katherine Kelly takes on the role of Miss Quill.
When does it air?
The first two episodes of the eight-part series are set to air on BBC Three on 22nd October.